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Bobby Barnes at Upton Park, 2 October 2010
|Full name||David Oswald Barnes|
|Date of birth||17 December 1962|
|Place of birth||Kingston upon Thames, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Striker, Winger|
|1980–1986||West Ham United||43||(5)|
|1994–1995||Hong Kong Rangers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Barnes, who was born in Kingston upon Thames, London, was a quick, skillful winger who began his career as an apprentice with West Ham United, the team that he supported as a boy, winning an FA Youth Cup winners medal in 1981 and England youth international caps. He turned professional in September 1980, and scored on his League debut against Watford in September 1980. He had an extended run in the first-team in the 1983–84 season and featured in the 1984–85 season, making 43 league appearances in six seasons, scoring five goals. He went to Scunthorpe United on loan in November 1985, playing in six league games without scoring, before joining Aldershot in March 1986 for a fee of £15,000. He was an immediate success, scoring 26 goals in 49 league games and helping Aldershot to promotion through the first ever Third Division play-offs in 1987.
In October 1987, he moved to Second Division side Swindon Town for a fee of £50,000 in a deal that also saw Steve Berry go in the other direction. He scored in six successive league games between October and December 1988, and went on to make over 40 league appearances, scoring 13 times, in two seasons at Swindon. He joined Bournemouth for a fee of £110,000 in March 1989, though he failed to settle and after only 14 games in which he failed to score, was sold to Northampton Town for £70,000. Barnes managed to star despite Northampton being relegated, and with Tony Adcock formed a successful striking partnership, Barnes scoring 37 times in 98 league games for the Cobblers. In February 1992, a financial crisis came to a head at Northampton, and with the club in administration, both Barnes and Adcock were sold to Peterborough United, Barnes costing only £35,000 in a joint £65,000 deal. He played 49 times in the league for Peterborough, scoring nine goals and winning promotion to the First Division beating Stockport in a Wembley play-off in 1992.
He joined Partick Thistle in February 1994, making his debut in the Scottish League in a 5-1 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox, but played only 6 further league games for the Jags before leaving to play for Uhisport Rangers in Hong Kong, returning to the UK in September 1995 joining Torquay United on a free transfer. He played only once for Torquay, as a substitute, before leaving on a free transfer for Hendon in October 1995 and subsequently returning to Hong Kong to play for Frankwell FC.
After retiring in 1996, he joined the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), where he dealt with player's new contracts and giving financial advice. In 2006, he was Assistant Chief Executive of the PFA.
His nephew Giles Barnes is also a professional footballer, with MLS side Houston Dynamo.
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- "Bobby Barnes' playing record at Swindon 1988-89". Swindon Town FC. Retrieved 14 June 2008.[dead link]